Holiday weight gain

first_img“The average person gains about one pound during the holiday season, but if you don’t lose that pound, it can add up over the years,” said Connie Crawley, a Cooperative Extension food, nutrition and health specialist coordinating the statewide program. “The point is to help people to stay aware of what they’re eating.” The challenge will lead into Cooperative Extension’s annual Walk Georgia program, which invites residents to track their physical activity and travel virtually across the state. Starting Feb. 10, Georgians will be able to log minutes of physical activity for the 12-week challenge. Registration open Feb. 1 at www.walkgeorgia.org Topics include curbing cravings, staying active, moderating consumption, estimating portions, drinking more water and sending leftovers home with others. “We send newsletters as reminders to log activity, which include great recipes and information about Georgia’s parks,” Crawley said. “There’s a local element to it and even competition. Several UGA deans are already talking about it.” For more information or to find your county agent, see http://extension.uga.edu/about/county/index.cfm.center_img “While writing the topics, I solicited tips from the agents, and there were some creative responses,” said Crawley. “One measured her driveway and found that walking the length 10 times is a mile. Even if she can’t get away from the house, she can walk up and down the driveway with family. Another agent makes a point to drink two bottles of water before work, two during the workday and two at home at the end of the day.” Georgia residents can contact their local Extension office to join the email list, which will begin during the week of Thanksgiving and extend through the beginning of January. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents are proposing tips to help Georgians keep the pounds off during the holiday season. As part of a new program this year, agents are starting the Zero Weight Gain Challenge, which will include weekly emails about ways to reduce the holiday bulge.last_img read more

Colombian Bishops Reaffirm Willingness to Mediate Hostage Releases

first_imgBy Dialogo July 10, 2009 Bogotá, July 9 (EFE).- Today Colombia’s Catholic bishops reaffirmed their willingness “to serve as mediators” in the release of hostages held by the FARC, after President Álvaro Uribe authorized opposition legislator Piedad Córdoba to participate in the process. “If there is something that needs to be done for the release of hostages, we are always here to serve,” the new general secretary of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference, Msgr. Juan Vicente Córdoba, an Ecuadorian currently serving as auxiliary bishop of Bucaramanga, said in an interview with Caracol Radio. Uribe yesterday authorized Córdoba to try once again to mediate the release of the FARC’s hostages, but on the condition that the twenty-four kidnapped police and military personnel and three corpses in the power of the guerrillas be handed over “simultaneously.” Before leaving on a trip to the United States, Uribe indicated that Córdoba could participate in the humanitarian mission charged with receiving the captives, together with the International Red Cross and the Catholic Church, after he withdrew her authorization to participate in April. In response, Córdoba thanked Uribe for his gesture, which she characterized as “positive,” and asked him for a meeting to “tackle the fundamental parameters for the release” of those kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In mid April the FARC announced that they would release Army Cpl. Pablo Emilio Moncayo, kidnapped at the end of 1998, and in June they indicated that along with Moncayo, they would hand over another member of the military who was wounded in combat. The condition demanded by the guerrillas was the presence of Córdoba for the handover of the hostages, something that Uribe opposed until yesterday. “The president has taken a step; we congratulate him. We hope that the guerrillas consent to the releases,” Monsignor Córdoba commented today, adding that, in his judgment, “it’s going to be a bit complicated” to have a “simultaneous” handover of hostages, as Uribe has called for. Meanwhile, Ingrid Betancourt, rescued a year ago in Jaque Operation, said in a statement published today by several Colombian media outlets that she is “pleased” by Uribe’s decision, since Córdoba’s participation in the releases “is very important, and her presence is a guarantee for assuring the lives of those kidnapped.” “I believe that (Uribe) is right to call for all of them to be released. This is something that honors him and reassures us,” the former Colombian presidential candidate, who was a hostage of the FARC for more than six years, expressed. “If I understood correctly, in calling for the releases to be simultaneous, it is not excluded the possibility that there could be several releases in different places, a possibility which might be of interest to the guerrillas,” she added.last_img read more

Moses elected to lead the young lawyers

first_img Moses elected to lead the young lawyers Assistant Editor Making a greater effort to reach out to young lawyers across the state and working to strengthen the current efforts of the division are some of the goals Orlando lawyer Jamie Billotte Moses hopes to accomplish when she assumes the presidency of the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division.Moses, 34, recently defeated Paul J. Scheck of Orlando by a 24-17 vote of the YLD Board of Governors to become president-elect designate of the division. Moses will serve as president-elect for 2004-05 under incoming YLD President Michael J. Faehner and become YLD president in June 2005.“I look forward to encouraging and leading the young lawyers of the state to achieve great things,” said Moses, a single mother of two young children, and a partner with Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A.Faehner said Moses is one the “hardest working” lawyers he knows and looks forward to working with her during his term.“I think that the 18,000 young lawyers are very fortunate to have her as president-elect designee of the YLD,” Faehner said. “She’s going to do a great job,”Moses said one of the main purposes of the YLD is to support The Florida Bar Board of Governors in its governance of the profession.“Therefore, I would obviously hope to assist President-elect Designee Alan Bookman during his term,” Moses said. “As for what I hope the YLD will focus on, I would like to improve the programs that we currently have so that all who participate in them are benefitting as much as possible. The YLD does so many wonderful things throughout the year, and we need to make sure that we are doing all that we can to provide quality products — whether they be seminars, symposiums, or a newsletter.”Moses — an appellate attorney who also does real estate malpractice defense and insurance coverage litigation — also wants to strengthen the YLD’s ties to its local bar affiliates.“We have made a concerted effort not to only support our current young lawyer sections across the state, but to form new sections in areas that haven’t had one,” Moses said.For example, she said, this year the YLD helped to establish new young lawyer affiliates in Polk, Marion, and West Pasco counties.Faehner said Moses deserves a lot of the credit for helping to establish the new local bar affiliates.“She’s done quite a bit of traveling to get more young lawyers involved with voluntary bar associations,” Faehner said.Faehner said that he and Moses have worked together in the past and plan on continuing their efforts to “raise the interaction between The Florida Bar and the local young lawyer division affiliates.”Moses said she would like the YLD board to continue reaching out to its constituents and support their efforts to serve the public and the profession.Faehner believes he and Moses will work well together as a team because they share a connection. Both attended the University of Notre Dame. He received his undergraduate degree there, and that’s where Moses attended law school.“I can guarantee that we are never going to have a board meeting on a Saturday that conflicts with Notre Dame football,” Faehner said.Moses said her partner and former Bar Board of Governors member, John Fisher, impressed upon her how important it is to become involved in Bar work, and her firm is very supportive of her Bar activities. In addition to The Florida Bar YLD Board of Governors, she also serves on the Orange County Bar Executive Council, the OCBA YLS Board of Directors, and the Appellate Court Rules Committee.“These commitments take a lot of time from my practice, but my firm has supported my efforts for over nine years,” Moses said. “My firm is so supportive of my efforts, that they pay for my childcare while I do Bar service.”Moses said she is involved in Bar activities to encourage “and lead others to use their powers accordingly.”“Lawyers have incredible knowledge and access to powerful people. We have an obligation to use that knowledge and access to do good in our communities,” she said.“If we do not, we abuse the privilege to practice law,” Moses said.Moses graduated from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1994 and received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1991. Moses’ children are Ashley, 5, and her son Bennett, will turn 3 at the end of March.Moses also enjoys competing in triathalons and running races and likes to attend sporting events, fish, and is into craft-making. Moses elected to lead the young lawyers April 1, 2004 Britt Dys Assistant Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

It only took six months to restore but this Queenslander is back to its roots in New South Wales

first_img45 Tumbulgum Rd, Murwillumbah.THE owners of this stunning 1950s riverside home went to great lengths to ensure their home stayed quintessentially Queenslander in New South Wales when they restored it. Anne and Michael Stovin bought the home in the northern NSW suburb of Murwillumbah in 2014 as an investment but two years later decided to create a modern home that paid tribute to its original 50s-era features. Subway tiles feature in the bathroom“The neutral tones imbue the home with a fresh and relaxed energy.” A timber kitchen benchtop and a wood heater are some of the highlights. 45 Tumbulgum Rd is located by the river“My husband Michael is a carpenter and he worked on the home full-time to restore it,” Mrs Stovin said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We originally bought it as an investment and luckily enough it came with a tenant who adored the home, so we were all set.”Mrs Stovin said when her tenant moved on the family decided it was time to freshen up the home.“We never intended to completely restore the home but it was getting so outdated, I don’t think anyone had touched the place since it was built. “We gave it some well needed love and replaced everything.” The fireplace was a classic additionA neutral colour palette of grey, white and blue creates a modern coastal feel. “The best part about the property is actually just the river frontage,” Mrs Stovin said.“Our family go paddle boarding up the river and we don’t see a single person or boat, just the occasional cow grazing on a property. “It is just majestic.” center_img The kitchen comes with a breakfast serveryBelinda Franks from Ray White Murwillumbah is marketing the property and said mindful updates have enhanced the classic style. “The owners are moving on to other opportunities and have just put the final touches to the landscaping,” Ms Franks said. “It has also been completely rewired and re-plumbed, even the ceiling is new. 45 Tumbulgum Rd is a picture perfect QueenslanderA weatherboard exterior with wall cladding and timber-panelled windows combine with soaring ceilings. The traditional Queenslander-style is topped off with colonial fretwork features and a breezeway. Taking six months to renovate the couple said they replaced everything. last_img read more

New data shows the best places to bag a beachside bargain in Qld

first_imgIt is quirky and looks like it belongs in the alps but this house is a short stroll from one of the Sunny Coast’s most popular family beachesIn Brisbane’s east, Thorneside, Birkdale, Wellington Point, Wynnum and Lota also make the top 10.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoRay White Wilston agent Sam Hagen has a two bedroom Queenslander on his books in Wynnum for offers over $650,000. The house, which is five back from the Wynnum Esplanade, sits on a 405sqm block and is “just a moments stroll” to Pandanus Beach and the Wynnum Jetty.“It is in a great location but it is one of the oldest houses in the area, built around 1910, and needs some TLC,” Mr Hagen said.“Having said that, a house just four doors down sold for about $1.5 million so it represents good value.” You might want to consider a career change and become a potter …Houses in Taylors Beach, near Ingham, also have a median time on market of 356 days.In the southeast, RiskWise Property Research crunched the numbers, with three suburbs on the Redcliffe Peninsula dominating the top 10 – Woody Point, Margate and Scarborough.One Agency Redcliffe North Lakes agent Jo Szulc recently sold 16 Frank St in Scarborough for $440,000 – a property pitched as a “tradies and first homeowners delight”.Within walking distance of the beach, it was sold to Hayden and Nicole Groves, who are moving from Mango Hill. It needs some love but is a short stroll from the Wynnum waterfrontThe majority of interest in the house has come from first home buyers and builders, Mr Hagen said. And it is little surprise when you consider that the median house sales price in Wynnum has grown 26 per cent in five years, according to CoreLogic property data. Riskwise CEO Doron Peleg said lifestyle, weather and affordable housing made Queensland a great place to invest. “I’m originally from Redcliffe and have always liked Scarborough. It is quiet, we can go paddleboarding,” Mr Groves, an electrician, said.“Where we are now, it is busy. Here we are 800m if that from the water.”Ms Szulc said she was seeing a lot of interest in the Redcliffe market, with buyers, local and interstate, looking for that “Aussie lifestyle”.Deception Bay, which is also in the Moreton Bay council region, had the lowest median house sales price (southeast region) on the list at $358,218. Houses closer to the water were generally $200,000 more, but still below the median house sales price for Greater Brisbane ($530,000).Coolum Beach was the only Sunshine Coast location to make the list, with a median house sales price of $647,893. A three bedroom, A-frame house at 128 Yandina Coolum Road – a 10 minute walk from the beach – is listed for $599,000. center_img RiskWise CEO Doron Peleg. Picture Mike Batterham“… with a huge number of options, from the Gold Coast through to the Sunshine Coast and up to Cairns, for all price brackets,” he said.“(For example), Maroochydore, Mudjimba, Coolum Beach – these suburbs of the Sunshine Coast offer great lifestyle, good access to Brisbane, and relatively affordable prices.“This is particularly the case for Coolum Beach, which is much more affordable than the nearby lucrative Noosa.”***TOP 10 BEACHSIDE SUBURBS — SEQSuburb/Median house price (whole of suburb)1. Deception Bay – $358,2182. Margate – $460,8263. Woody Point – $481,7424. Birkdale – $540,5125. Scarborough – $551,8986. Thorneside – $557,1177. Wellington Point – $604,4358. Lota – $644,7769. Coolum Beach – $647,89310. Wynnum – $648,692(Source: RiskWise Property Research) *** Hayden and Nicole Groves have bought their first home at Scarborough. Pic Mark Cranitch.LOOKING for a beach house bargain? New data shows the seaside locations that offer the best bang for buck.And, in many cases, the buyers have all of the bargaining chips.Top of the list is Barney Point, a beachside suburb of Gladstone. Here, 12 houses sold over the past 12 months with a median house sales price of just $142,000 – that’s 22 per cent of the median house sales price of $630,000 on the Gold Coast and that does not even remotely get you water views. Ray White agent Derran Corke is marketing 48 Sutton Street – a “quaint cottage” just one street back from The Esplanade in Barney Point. It goes under the hammer on December 11.Mr Corke said prices dropped after work in the resources industry dried up, but there was renewed confidence in the area. He said rents were increasing and investors were returning, with people moving back to Gladstone. “This one (Barney Point) has city views but is two streets back from the beach so would make a good investment, and it is affordable,” he said. Rounding out the top five cheapest beachside suburbs across Queensland is Russell Island ($200,000), Forrest Beach ($205,000), Balgal Beach ($208,000) and Cow Bay ($222,500), according to CoreLogic.In terms of bargaining power, buyers should take a look at South Mission Beach, where the median time on market for a house is 356 days, according to property data. A “potter’s chic shack” on a 1012sq m block is on the market for $695,000. It has been on the market for 111 days and has just one bedroom but the views are spectacular, with the listing noting that the “last sale was $1.6 million (just) two doors away”.last_img read more

‘Drug peddlers’ busted in Roxas

first_imgROXAS City – Eleven grams of suspected shabu valued at around P145,000was seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Banica.    “Asiatico was placed under surveillance for more than three weeks beforewe staged the operation,” he said.                     Officers of the Roxas City police station staged the entrapmentoperation which led to the arrest of the suspects around 11 p.m. onMonday.     “Asiatico was arrested twice in the past for selling shabu, but thosecases were dismissed by the court,” Arcangeles told Panay News.   When frisked, Asiatico yielded an unlicensed gun with live bullets,police said.    center_img Master Sergeant Ramil Arcangeles, spokesperson of the Roxas City policestation, identified the suspects as 32-year-old Anthony Asiatico and21-year-old Jesa Acutillar, both residents of this city.         Recovered items during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Banica, Roxas City on Monday. GLENN BEUP/PN The suspects were detained in the lockup cell of the Roxas City policestation, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

Hontiveros seeks to criminalize discriminatory acts vs frontliners

first_imgWhile the bill has yet to be filed asSenate is still on its annual 2-month Holy Week break, the Department of Healthand local government units should “invest in information campaigns thatwill dispel rumors and fake news regarding COVID-19, especially those that putthe safety of health workers at risk,” Hontiveros said. “Hindi sapat ang ating pasasalamat sa ating mga frontliners kung hahayaan lang natin silang masaktan omaabuso. Let us repay the hard work and selflessness of Filipinos fightingthe COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring that they are safe and welcome in ourcommunities,” she said. (ABS-CBNNews/PN) The bill will “establish clearmechanisms” on how frontliners can report those who discriminate againstthem, the senator said. Deploying more law enforcementauthorities and providing free transportation to health workers may also helpcurb acts of violence against health workers and other frontliners, she said. Hontiveros’ statement came amid reportsthat hospital workers were being harassed in their communities, including beingevicted from their houses or avoided in public places.   “Hindi katanggap-tanggap na ang ating mgafrontliners na lubos na nagsasakripisyopara iligtas ang buhay ng ating mga kababayan ay nagiging biktima pa ngdiskriminasyon mula mismo sa kanilang mga komunidad,” Hontiveros said in astatement. In late March, a health worker in SultanKudarat was doused with bleach.  “Our frontliners are heroes and should be treated with respect and compassion,” says Sen. Risa Hontiveros. RISA HONTIVEROS VIA FACEBOOK Hontiveros did not specify what proposedpenalties await those found guilty of discrimination against frontliners. MANILA – Sen. Risa Hontiveros said shewould file a bill to penalize those who discriminate against health workers andother frontliners battling the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as soon assession resumes in May. “They and other frontliners areheroes and should be treated with respect and compassion, not hate andsuspicion,” she said.last_img read more

Last batch of Antique sugar migrants stranded in Negros return home

first_imgRandy Ardeño, in charge of the Provincial Planning and Development Office’s Sacada desk, said 44 sugar migrantsreturned in this province on June 10 after they were picked up at the Dumangas port in Dumangas, Iloilo.Forty of the sugar migrants are from the town of Libertad while four are from Pandan, Ardeño said. Since May 18, this province recorded a total of 1,698 sacadas – also considered as locally stranded individuals – who were repatriated.They were among those who were not allowed to return in their respective residences in Antique due to the extension of the general community quarantine in the province. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Antique head Melrose Amaran, for her part, said the assistance to sugar migrants under the agency’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) is ongoing.According to her, the repatriated sacadas were given P3,000 cash per family.The DSWD-Antique has already released AICS to a total of 178 sugar migrants in Culasi, 145 in Tibiao and eight in this capital town. Antique’s sacadas who benefitted from the AICS were those who did not receive cash aid under the Social Amelioration Program and those who are not members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.“The municipal social welfare and development offices (MSWDOs) are the ones assessing the sacadas so they could be given AICS by the DSWD,” Amaran said.She added that the last batch of sugar migrants who were repatriated on June 10 have yet to be assessed by their respective MSWDOs as qualified to receive the AICS.(With a report from PNA/PN)center_img Upon their arrival, they were endorsed to their respective local government units to comply with the 14-day quarantine in COVID-19 isolation facilities. SAN JOSE, Antique – The last batch of Antiqueño sugar migrants or “sacadas” stranded in Negros Occidental due to travel restrictions brought by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were repatriated.last_img read more

GBA 100 Mile Walk realises $500,000

first_imgTHE Hundred Mile walk organised by the Guyana Boxing Association(GBA) realised $500,000 yesterday as the event continued from Rosignol .President of GBA,Steve Ninvalle,and vice- president Maurice Rajkumar battled the midday sun to roll into Region Four by evening.Pledges for assistance came in from several businessmen on the way as the two executives were continuously on their cell phones throughout the second day of the walk.The GBA organised the walk to raise two million dollars needed to send a team of referees ,boxers and coaches to the Caribbean Development Tournament scheduled for Barbados this week.The walk will conclude outside the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall today.last_img read more